‘Tire­less sup­porter of com­mu­nity’ dies

Rev­erend en­joyed work­ing as a vol­un­teer

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

TRIB­UTES have poured in for a tire­less com­mu­nity sup­porter who died last week.

The Rev Derek Up­cott died aged 87 on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 16.

Mr Up­cott, who lived in Ballinger with Cic, his wife of 61 years, was in­volved with many or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing be­ing vice-chair­man of The Chiltern So­ci­ety, a for­mer sec­re­tary and chair of the Che­sham So­ci­ety, trea­surer and chair­man of the 1970 Che­sham Mil­lenary Fes­ti­val, and chair­man of Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum for 11 years.

He was com­mit­tee mem­ber of the Chilterns Con­ser­va­tion Board, co-founder, sec­re­tary, trea­surer and vice-chair­man of the Che­sham and Dis­trict Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion and for­mer two-time pres­i­dent of the Ro­tary Club of Che­sham Up­cott and founder of the Ro­tary Tech­nol­ogy Tour­na­ment.

He also coached youth foot­ball teams.

Mrs Up­cott paid trib­ute to her late hus­band, say­ing: “Che­sham’s re­ally go­ing to miss him and he’ll be missed by a lot of or­gan­i­sa­tions. He liked do­ing vol­un­tary work.

“Vol­un­teer­ing is just a way of life for us, it’s what we do.”

Pres­i­dent of Che­sham Ro­tary He­len Sal­is­bury said: “He did so much for Che­sham and the sur­round­ing ar­eas. He had many friends and will be sadly missed.”

Mr Up­cott was Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum’s long­est serv­ing chair­man and after step­ping down in 2012 he be­came a pa­tron.

Mu­seum di­rec­tor Sue Shave said: “We’re ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated. He made a great con­tri­bu­tion to the mu­seum and saw it through a lot of great chal­lenges.”

Mr Up­cott is sur­vived by his wife, two chil­dren and six grand­chil­dren.

There will be a cel­e­bra­tion of Mr Up­cott’s life, his work in the com­mu­nity and pas­sion for mu­sic at St Mary’s Church, Che­sham, at 2.15pm on Fri­day, Novem­ber 7 fol­lowed by re­fresh­ments at the White Hill Cen­tre.

Con­trib­uted

TRIB­UTES: The Rev Derek

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